Secure Your Computer

If your computer is insecure, you are putting not only your own work at risk but also that of others on the IU network.

Following the steps outlined in this section will greatly improve the overall security of your computer.

If you are in an IU department with IT support staff, always consult them about the preferred practices in your area. Also, don’t forget to secure all operating systems on your computer – if you have a Mac that runs Windows, make sure you secure both.

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More Information

Additionally, if you store any type of sensitive data on your computer, see the section: Protecting Data. There, you'll find information such as how to identify it, protect it, and securely dispose of it.

Security & Policy Blog Posts

  • We have received approximately 15 reports from faculty and staff who have had a fraudulent 2013 federal tax return submitted to the IRS in their name. There is no evidence the tax fraud is a result of a disclosure of information that originated from IU.
  • On March 24th 2014, Microsoft released an advisory describing a vulnerability in all supported versions of Microsoft Word.
  • Apple has released critical security updates to address a dangerous bug in Apple's implementation of SSL/TLS that affects multiple versions of iOS 6, iOS 7, Apple TV OS 6, OS X 10.9 (Maverics).
  • Older version of NTP with outdated configuration may allow servers to be used in a Denial of Service attack

    Recent Security Bulletins

  • Vulnerability in OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 before 1.0.1g
  • New ransomware named CryptoLocker threatens to destroy data unless a payment is made.
  • Critical Java Vulnerability included in Exploit Kit
  • This bulletin details four recently published, critical rated, vulnerabillies in Adobe ColdFusion and ways to mitigate the risk of them being exploited including the hotfix for supported versions.